In deep sickness, please remember me in your du’ãs.
-Umm Umar Khaled
Oh yeah, maybe a lot of you now are thinking why such words are written above.
Like we all know, who would want to race with an injured horse, right? That’s gonna make you definitely lose.
Subhan’Allaah, it looks so simply but there are things that are laid infront of us that bear so much than it looks, deeper wisdom, deeper understanding and reflection.
Let me relate to you a story that truly breaks hardened hearts, if only reflected much, in sha Allaah.
 Ubaidullah Ibn ‘Umar Qawariri (May Allaah have Mercy on him) narrated:
" I never missed the evening congregational prayer (I’sha) until a guest came to my house on night and I stayed in his company and missed the evening prayer. So I went out looking for a masjid in the city of Basra where I can catch the prayer, but in vain. I found that people had already prayed, and masjids had been closed.
I returned home saying to myself the hadith of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam saying:
"The prayer in congregation is twenty-seven (27) times superior to the prayer offered by a person alone."
So, I prayed the evening prayer twenty-seven times over and then went to sleep. In my sleep, I dreamt that I was with a group of people who were racing on horses. I was also racing with them on my horse but I was failing behind them. I kicked my horse to catch up with them but I could not.
One of them turned to me and said: "Do not urge your horse, for you will not be able to catch up with us."
I asked: "Why not?"
He replied: "We prayed the evening prayer in congregation but you prayed it alone."
I woke up, deeply grieved.
Subhan’Allaah! Subhan’Allaah reflect from this man! Look at his determination, and his grief upon missing one salaah.
Realize that you can never be successful in anything unless you have Allaah Azza Wa Jall, yes maybe here in dunya you can race among the richest people, the socialites, the elites of this world and yet your finish line will only at the doom of your death, chasing something that was never meant to be yours.
Yes, I say, do not race with an injured horse and I meant it being your salaah.
I’ve seen a lot of people talking about jihad, urging one another, but when it is time for athan he cannot even raise his hands up surrendering to Allaah in every utterance of Allahu’akbar!
You want to be among the front liners of the army that will emerge from the coming Khalifa, then be strict on your salaah, be consistent and firm with it. How can you stand to fight for Allaah Azza Wa jall when you can’t even stand against yourself?
Your real battle is right there, with your nafs, that’s the jihad you should really really be concerned of, once you are firm with it, then everything will go in its way, to be able to have a firm dedication you have to have a firm belief in your heart.
The Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were pioneering models of salaah, it was their dedication for it, their worship to Allaah Azza Wa Jall that would bring them strength to fight in the battlefields, not the twitter fans, nor the tumblr followers it was their taqwa!
O men of this Ummah, you are our protectors, our mujahideen, our warriors, the flag bearers of the Kalimah! So be the likes of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab, Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Hamza Ibn Abdul Muttalib, the Khalid Ibn Al Walid, Salahuddin Al Ayyub, such were great men of this deen, they were great warriors but what mold them to be such great fighters for this deen was nothing else but their taqwa and love for Allaah Azza Wa Jall.
Know that these great men would go into the battlefield, strong as mountains, but crying like babies in their Salaah out of their fear and love for Him! They were consistent in their prayers!
The first step to become so strong as them is to work on your hearts, and what else can bring such comfort to it but salaah? Remember how our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam when Khadija Radiyallahu Anha passed away call out to Bilal Radiyallahu Anhu to call the athan, when he lost his sons, he would then call out to Bilal Radiyallahu Anhu to call the athan again, because he could only find ease and comfort within Salaah.
O men of this Ummah, raise your flags by perfecting your salaah first and foremost and see how Allaah Azza Wa Jall will clothe you with His protection and arm you with His strength and bestow upon you weapons that will only lead you and give you a one way ticket back to Him.
So BECOME THE MARTYRS OF THIS UMMAH, Soar high and be honored by Allaah Azza Wa Jall!
Men of this Ummah, you are protectors of the Ummah, your blood is our honor, rejoice for you fight for no one else but Allaah Azza Wa Jall, the King of all Kings!
Soon you will race with the enemies, so see to it you do not race with an injured horse!
Allahu’akbar! Allahu’akbar! Allahu’akbar!
And we pray that we become such establishers of salaah that whenever athan is called we get up immediately and leave our works to go and perform one of the best gifts that He has given us, salaah.
 Al Ka’baar, Ad-Dhahabi, p. 26-27
 Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 1, Book 11, Number 618
Sister, are you looking for a role model or a source of inspiration perhaps?
Or brother, are you looking for a story to tell your mother, your sister, your wife or your kids that would boost their imaan?
Or you just simply want to be motivated, inspired and be in a state of wonder for hours?
In sha Allaah today, I am sharing to all of you, one of the most influential companions of our beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, with whom he Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam praised for her bravery and made du’a for.
It’s quite long but it’s worth the read.
Naseebah Bint Ka’b Radiyallahu Anha
She was known as Umm ‘Ammarah, While her real name was Naseebah bint Ka’b al-Maziniyah al-Ansariyah Radiyallahu Anha ____
She is a unique and distinguished personality and a great model. She lives in the hearts of the Muslims like a brilliant torch!
Whenever I tried to write about her and scrutinize the pages of her life journey, I always feel overwhelmed, and a sense of humility and insignificance overcomes me.
O’ Umm Ammarah, it is with due respect to and love for you that I am humbly acquainting our daughters, sisters and mothers with lessons drawn from your faith, your struggle in the way of Allah and your motherliness, at a time that we are all in dire need of these lessons. For, these days, truths have been mixed with falsehood, things have been turned upside down and minds wander aimlessly so much so that we do not know how to move or where to go.
Perhaps, we will all have a resurgence that can bring us out of the abyss of loss to the peak: of the straight path, the path of those on whom Allah favoured with His Mercy.
Umm Ammarah had no son whose name is Ammarah from whom her nickname is derived. It was only a nickname for which she was known.
She was in the prime of her youthfulness and newly-wed when she had the honour of meeting the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam in the middle of the night at the ‘Aqabah in Mina along with a delegation of the Ansar.
They all embraced Islam and she did; and they swore their allegiance and she did. A sister of her, known as Umm Manee’ was also with her, and she also swore allegiance.
Al-Waqidi narrated from Ibn Abi Sa’Sa’ from Umm ‘Ammarah that she said, “The men were placing their hands in the hand of the Messenger of Allah on the night of’ Aqabah giving their allegiance while ‘Abbas, the Prophet’s uncle was holding his hand. When it was my turn and that of my sister, Umm Manee’. my husband, ‘Arabah ibn ‘Amr said: ‘Messenger of Allah, here are two women who came with us to swear allegiance to you.’ The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said, ‘I accept their allegiance upon things regarding which I accept yours. I do not shake women’s hands.’ “
Articles of the pledge of’ Aqabah are the first foundation upon which the great change, that took place in the course of da wah was based. These changes include moving from passive Jihad to active one; and from enduring persecution and remaining steadfast to waging a relentless and an uncompromising fight against polytheism and kufr (disbelief).
It is a jihad that is not restricted to the swords, the spears and the battle fields. It is rather a jihad that includes war against all kinds of corruptions and deviations and in order to build the individual and the society.
Umm ‘Ammarah has been filled with the spirit of Eeman and Islam since the day the first propagator, Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr started propagating Islam in Yathrib assiduously with a careful and objective work, cogent argument, agreeable logic and with wisdom and excellent admonition.
By Allah’s grace and plan, Mus’ab was able to turn Yathrib, with its Aws and Khazraj tribes, into helpers of Islam and its Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam asked Mus’ab, “How was Madeenah when you left it?”
He said, “I left it while there was no house in which the name of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was not being mentioned. It is either members of that house have all embraced Islam or they were busy talking about this pure and new religion. Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was the topic of their meetings, gatherings and conversations.”
Umm ‘Ammarah physically and emotionally filled with faith and she travelled along with the Yathrib delegation to Makkah to make the pledge of ‘Aqabah.
Meeting with the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was the greatest goal and the highest love so Allah filled her heart and her mind with happiness and self-denial in the way of responding to the call of Islam. Those were the first influencing factors.
There should be no wonder then when we see Umm ‘Ammarah in her stances, her roles and her being around the Messenger of Allah rising high to become a shinning star whose light never dies and whose illumination never withers and which consistently move in its orbit.
There are vivid qualities in her character, but the most vivid one is her fight in the way of Allah, more so with sword.
Ibn Hajar said: "She (Umm ‘Ammarah) witnessed the pledge of ‘Aqabah and she also pledged allegiance. She participated in the battles of Uhud, Hudaybiyah and Khaybar and participated in ‘Umrat al-Qada. She also witnessed the conquest of Makkah and participated in the campaigns of Hunayn and Yamamah. 
This means Umm ‘Ammarah witnessed and participated in the greatest and the most important battles. Her presence was distinctly recognized more than that of other women who took part in these battles. This distinct presence has its factors and consequences.
Let us start with the battle of Uhud that took place in the month of Shawwal, the third year of Hijrah.
This battle was named so because it took place between the Muslims and the polytheists at the precinct of Mount Uhud that lies on the north-east outskirt of Madeenah. It is the greatest mountain on the eastern part of the city.
Umm Sa’eed bint Sa’d ibn Rabee’ narrated that she visited Umm ‘Ammarah and asked her participation in the battle of Uhud and she replied, “I went out in the forenoon with a water vessel in my hand. I came to the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam while he was with his Companions and the Muslims were winning the war. But when the Muslims were later defeated I moved to the side of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. I engaged in fighting and started protecting the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with the sword while at the same time, shooting arrows until 1 was wounded.”
Umm Sa’eed said, “And I saw a deep and hollow injury in her shoulder. “
Umm ‘Ammarah’s stand on the day of Uhud was well-known to earlier and latter generations. The people narrate to one another this stand with pride, pity and love.
Umm ‘Ammarah went to the battle of Uhud not to fight. She rather went there in order to give water to the thirsty. Perhaps, she also went there to take care of the injured. She did not carry any sword, bow or arrow.
Then, the unexpected happened! The archers disobeyed the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam by abandoning the position he commanded them to man wanting to collect booties. The tide then turned against the Muslims in favour of the Quraysh and many elder Companions martyred.
The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam escaped on to the top of the Mountain of Uhud and no one remains with him but a few Companions defending him with their bodies and souls; his molar teeth was broken and he was injured in the face and his pure blood was shed.
It was then that Umm ‘Ammarah dropped her vessel of water and the zeal of her faith was swirled up, boiling like a cooking kettle in her feminine nature. She snatched a sword from one of the escaping fighters and a bow and an arrow from another. She stood firm defending the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and he saw her around him in this great stance of hers and her glorious defence for him. He also saw the enemy of Allah, Ibn Qami’ah moving closer to her. So he called upon her son to protect her.
Umm ‘Ammarah felt this call, not only with her ears, but with her entire being and feelings. She also felt it with all her senses and from within love of Eeman that flourished in her heart. She then said, “O’ Messenger of Allah, invoke Allah to make us your Companions in Paradise!”
That was the goal she was aspiring for in this world and the Hereafter!
She was not concerned with the safety of her body and life, neither was she concerned about wealth or fame or any of the things of this world. She only wanted to be among the dwellers of Paradise and to be in the company of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam!
Such is the reality of faith, purity of certainty and wholesomeness of Islam. We are saying this, as an admonition, to ourselves, to our families and to all those who work in the field ofIslamic propagation and resurgence.
The Messenger or Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam then supplicated for her saying, "O’ Allah, make them my Companions in Paradise."
Umm ‘Ammirah said, “After this, I do not care about whatever happens.”
The supplication of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam actualized on the entire household of Umm ‘Ammarah. Her sons, ‘Abdullah and Habeeb were martyred in the way of Allah.
Allah’s enemy, Ibn Qami’ah was able to overcome Umm ‘Ammarah. He hit her neck with sword and made her suffer a deep wound that she continued to nurse for the rest of her life until she died and met the pleasure of Allah.
Umm ‘Ammarah won a medal in the battle of Uhud that was a source of pride for her, in spite of the severe pain she suffered. No sooner had this wound relieved her a little through treatment that it started to deteriorate anew.
She also had an invocation from the mouth of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and from his noble heart, that served as a provision for her in the remaining years of her life and as a light throughout the darkness of nights and days and with which she dispelled the darkness of events, making her a radiating model.
'Umar ibn al-Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu narrates to us from the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam his noble saying, “Whenever I turned left or right on the day of the battle of Uhud, I always saw her (Umm 'Ammarah) fighting in my defense.”
Besides the medal that Umm ‘Ammarah carried since the battle of Uhud and the invocation the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam made for her that Allah should make her his Companion in Paradise, she also won a noble and high commendation by which she attained the ranks of the heroic fighters in the way of Allah. This was before the hijab was made obligatory and the women were commanded to stay in their houses and before they were told that their Hajj was their jihad.
The ship of life proceeded with her in a wave that was like mountains!
Umm ‘Ammarah experienced great occurrences in her family that if these occurrences were to be brought upon huge mountains they would have turned them to a levelled plain or to fluffed up wool. But this woman, in the depth of her heart, as a result of the blessing of her Companionship with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and his supplication for her, was extremely strong and very much persevering.
The Prophet’s choice fell upon her son Habeeb, as one of his two envoys to Musaylamah the liar of the clan of Banu Haneefah who claimed prophethood. Habeeb was the younger of her two sons from her first husband, Zayd ibn ‘Asim. He was handsome, gentlehearted, strong in Eeman, steadfast and truly dear to the heart of Umm ‘Ammarah.
When he delivered the message and fulfilled the trust assigned to him, Musaylamah asked him, ”Do you believe that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah?” He answered in the affirmative.
Musaylamah then said, "Do you believe that I am a Messenger of Allah?" He said, "I can’t hear."
Musaylamah ran into a fury and commanded that Habeeb be tortured until he testified that he was a messenger of Allah. So his limbs were then cut piece by piece while he was tied up. He did not utter anything but a testimony to the Oneness of Allah and the Messengership of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. He continued in this state until he breathed his last and his soul ascended to its Creator. And the sad new was brought to Umm ‘Ammarah.
The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam in the company of Abu Bakr and’Umar Radiyallahu Anhum came to her to console her on this great calamity concerning her son, the beloved Habeeb. It was at a time that the deep wound in her neck had deteriorated and her pains had become severe. She was, in fact, overwhelmed by calamities. But she bore all that with extraordinary perseverance.
She vowed that she would witness and take part in the killing of Musaylamah the liar as she vowed that she would not touch her body with water until she fulfilled this vow, as a way of fulfilling the obligation she owed to Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and as a way of avenging the death of her son Habeeb.
After the death of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam; Abu Bakr and ‘Umar would visit her to assure, console and honour her until the Wars of Apostasy and the battle of Yamamah took place. Inevitably, the caliph Abu Bakr could not but agree to Umm ‘Ammarah’s request to fulfll her vow. He allowed her to set out for the war with the Muslim army.
Then, Umm ‘Ammarah was already ageing and she had became feeble. Though her head was already covered with grey hair, her heart was still exuberating with faith. The good word is like a pleasant tree whose root is firm and whose branch is in the sky. It gives out its fruits all the time with the permission of its Lord. How then, can this tree be affected with weakness and dryness? How could Umm ‘Ammarah be affected with stagnation?!
It is one of the strange acts of destiny that Wahshi ibn Harb who killed Hamzah in the battle of Uhud was also the one who killed Musaylamah, and with the same javelin.
While the battle was raging, Umm ‘Ammarah with her son ‘Abdullah on her side were pushing their way into the rows of fighters looking for Musaylamah in order to reach him and take revenge from him.
In that battle, Umm ‘Ammarah sustained more than twelve wounds in different parts of her body; and she bled profusely. Her arm was cut off, starting from her already injured neck. In spite of that, she proceeded in pursuance of her goal without feeling any pain.
She was directed to Musaylamah who was lying in the ground wounded. Wahshi’s javelin had penetrated deep into his body. Umm ‘Ammarah moved closer to him and started hitting him with a spear until he died. She then felt some sense of satisfaction and was a bit relieved.
When she returned to Madeenah, she came to meet her appointed time. It was only a little after her return that she surrendered her soul peacefully, smilingly and willingly.
And tomorrow she will meet her loved ones: Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and his Companions, and she will be fortunate to be in his company.
Dear reader, this is another aspect of the personality of Umm ‘Ammarah. It is an aspect that is not less important:
She was a narrator of hadith who had an excellent memory. She narrated to us some ahadith of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. Therefore, the scholarly aspect of her life also has its place and importance.
You will notice that some of her narrations contain fiqh and islamic legal rules.
For example, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah reported in their Sunan on the authority of Urum ‘Ammarah that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam visited her and she presented him with food. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam told her, “Eat.” She said, “I am fasting.” The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam then said, “If food is eaten in the house of a fasting person, the angels will invoke blessing on him.”
Abu Dawood also reported on the authority of Umm ‘Ammarah that, “The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam wanted to perform ablution and a vessel that contained a one third mudd of water was brought to him.”
Ibn Majah also reported on the authority of Umm ‘Ammarah that she said, “I was looking at the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam while he was slaughtering his sacrificial camels with a spear, in a standing
Al-Waqidi reported that Umm ‘Ammarah said, “Men were shaking the hands of the Messenger of Allah~) in the night of (thepledge of) ‘Aqabah while al-‘Abbas (his uncle) was holding the Prophet’s hand. When it remained only me and Umm Manee’, my husband, ‘Arabah ibn ‘Amr said, ‘Messenger of Allah, these are two women who came with us to pledge their allegiance to you.’ The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said, ‘I have accepted their pledge upon what I accepted your pledge on, for I do not shake women’s hands.’”
May Allah be pleased with Umm ‘Ammarah and please her!
May He make Paradise her abode and make her a model to be emulated by our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters!
- Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb
Women Around The Messenger, pp. 181-190
 Al-Isabah, vol. 4, p. 457.
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Unexpected issues coming up? Barriers?
Whenever you plan things, whether it’s some big event, wedding, symposium, graduation, believe me you can’t expect it to go smoothly as you think it will.
Look at your life, you plan and plan and plan yet days will come where things go wrong and happen not the way you plan it to be. Indeed, these events you plan about your life that goes the wrong way is just a reminder for you that Allaah Azza Wa Jall controls everything.
That is why, whenever we plan a thing or an event in our lives, we should always put Allaah Azza Wa Jall first, make the intention [niyyah] of doing it for His Sake, for His Pleasure, and believe me Allaah Azza Wa Jall as Al-Awwal being the First, in sha Allaah by the end of this thing you want, He as Al Akhir being the Last, will be your final success.
As long as it is for Allaah Azza Wa Jall, whatever and whoever may want to or become a barrier for it, they will not be successful, because Allaah Azza Wa Jall sees every move you make, every step you take and these are nothing but steps toward Him, and whoever is with Allaah Azza Wa Jall, He is with him, and true success can only be found in Him.
Realize that when things are done for Him, He provides for you ways, easy ways to achieve this and bestows upon such great blessings, success upon success, ease upon ease. Have you not observe this? Have you not seen it? Have you not felt the ease from all the process you need to do to be able to achieve something you want in your life for His Sake?
So next time you encounter such failure or misfortune along the way, do not just give up, do not just leave and say Khalaas, I do not want it anymore. Remember, Jannah is not cheap, Allaah Azza Wa Jall designed the path to it full of obstacles, you have strive and handle things in a humble way, and you will not able to handle it that way without recognizing to who you really do such things.
and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall bestows upon us the success of the heart, recognizing Allaah Azza Wa Jall as the One who Controls everything in this dunya.
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Do you talk too much?
Are you verbose? or just plain talkative? or both?
Didn’t you know that such words such be delicately processed before being delivered and said? Or are you just like throwing away some useless papers to the trash when you speak?
One of the greatest things that you will find in every story of the lives of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum would be their stern avoidance of saying what is irrelevant or what it is not needed or just by merely avoiding things that should not be revealed nor talked about.
They prevented themselves from joining such idle talks, talks about other fellow believers if they would hear someone talk about the other, one of them would be stern and correct the other because this is how they want the best for their fellow believers, they all want to see each other in Jannah.
This is something we all should reflect from, nowadays so many people get into trouble, small fights becoming big fights because of these mere words that were like either cut into minute details or extended with the added details that were not really what the original message was. With these things, the meaning of their words become changed and either causes comfort or discomfort to the one that is being told about to.
Have we ever though how sharp our words can be? Our words are like swords with blades on both sides, either way you stab it, you stab yourself and the person you are trying to defame or talk about.
Don’t you know that if you talk about someone else so bad it actually reflects on how bad and dirty your mind is and then one would think again and see how dark and hardened your heart is? Yes you brought defamation on the person you talked about but didn’t you know you have brought double the defamation on your very self?
Astagfirullaah. What harm can it bring you if you talk what is good about the other person? What harm can it bring you if you talk about someone as an inspiration? Does it defame you? Or are you just that envious?
At the end remember, if you gossip about someone then know by the end of the day, someone from those people you gossip with will eventually gossip about you as well.
So next time you speak, speak better, think better and be more mindful.
And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall forgives us for the moments we have talked bad about someone and that He may pardon us from that evil deed and give us the strength to ask forgiveness for those people we have offended and may he also give us the courage to forgive others.
The clock has been ticking and the grave openly awaits.
Every step you take brings you closer to your destination, where your grave is your first stop.
Yes, soon the time will arrive that you will hear the footsteps of your family, not because they are visiting you, but because they are placing you inside your grave and leave you there, all alone, just you, just you and your deeds.
How can a man live in such a cruel world that doesn’t think that everything will end? How many people shall we see pass away infront of our very eyes to be able to comprehend that everyone leaves and dies?
Do we not learn from them? Do we not reflect from their deeds, their characters? Do we not fear a bad end? Do we aim for a blissful end? What comes to your mind when you hear the word death? Does it make you tremble in fear, or you just hear it as if it’s just a common word from the english dictionary?
By Allaah Azza Wa Jall, TAKE HEED PEOPLE!
You are going to die.
Maybe today, tomorrow, after you read this, no one knows only Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so does this make you feel complacent?
Does it make you feel assured of Jannah, thinking that you’ve been doing this and that and yet you have no time to answer the call of prayer and stand up and pray to Him and raise your hands and make du’a that He forgives you?
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
To Him we belong and to Him shall we return.
We will return to him, eventually, soon, in time. Everyday of your life is a Mercy from Him, every beat of your heart is a reminder for you to recognize and understand that you are from Him and He created you and soon you shall return to Him.
Forgive me Ya Allaah.
Forgive me Ya Allaah.
Forgive me Ya Allaah.
For every moment the athan called me, I went away, for every moment that my parents told me Habibti, Habibi, salaah, and I neglected and said I am busy or I am sleepy.
O Allaah forgive me for all the times that you were not mentioned by my heart and my mind, rather I’ve mentioned the latest updates on my celebrity crushes.
O Allaah forgive me for I know I’ve been spending so much in my greed rather than helping my brothers and sisters in need, Forgive me for I rather look, buy and read the latest books on the market rather than spending time with opening a book that is on my shelf since I was born, the Qur’aan.
Ya Allaah, you are the Most Forgiving, so please forgive me. I come to you with repentant heart hoping that your Mercy will blanket my sins and that you will pardon me.
Subhan’Allaah, as I wrote those words, tears kept falling from my eyes. Have the effort to come to Allaah Azza Wa Jall to repent, to ask for His Forgiveness, He described himself in the Qur’aan so many times as a Forgiving Lord, so what stops you?
Know that your soul is from Him.
Recheck, re-evaluate and review your deeds and actions, you know where to start, better yourself, start from your heart, know your Creator, know the blessing He gave you, learn about Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam, learn about Islaam.
So let me remind you that you should not just say you’re Muslim, you have to be a Muslim.
And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall enlightens our hearts and gives us the will to go and learn about Islaam and place it in our heart, mind and soul. May He take us back to Him at the time that He is most pleased with us.
Subhan’Allāh this is such a beautiful and comforting ayah!
If you’re distressed and you feel like you want to go and scream because you can’t find any solution to your problem or you can’t bear and take it anymore then this is what you need!
For a moment stop the panic, stop the distress and just have a solemn moment with Him, let it be only you and Allaah Azza Wa Jall!
Indeed, Allāh Azza Wa Jall listens to our cries of agony and relieves our sufferings and He has indeed given us superiority over other creations on this earth, through our intelligence and soul.
But on this note will we go and run after inferior beings for comfort and forget Allāh Azza wa Jall holds every key of solution for our problems?
We should take a moment and reflect from this ayah.
Are we among those who sees Him only in times of distress or are we among those who consistently remember His Greatness and ask for His Mercy?
-Umm Umar Khaled
Losing the hope?
Having doubts of His Will? Cannot contain much of the problems being brought to you?
Don’t you think your faith is getting weaker each day?
I hope this blog entry would help you know what’s really going on.
There are various ways to know whether you are having symptoms of weak faith, and we all know that weak faith is a disease that blackens our hearts, and we truly pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall to keep our heart enlightened and filled with His remembrance.
So here are the symptoms:
1) Falling into sin and performing actions that are unlawful
This is when people are very pursuant and consistent with during such evil deeds that it eventually becomes a practice to them, like it is a daily routine for them already.
Repetition of a sin leads to its becoming a habitual practice; eventually, its shamefulness is removed from the heart and it is committed openly.
Our prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam once said:
"All of my Ummah may be forgiven except those who sin openly. Among these is a man who committed a sin at night and Allaah Azza Wa Jall concealed it for him, but when the morning came, he said: O so-and-so, yesterday I did this and that- while his Lord had spent the night concealing it for him. In the morning, he removed Allaah’s Azza Wa Jall cover from himself."
2. Feelings of hardness and harshness in the heart
This is when a news reaches you that a relative of yours had passed away and you feel no sympathy or any effect in your heart or when you hear the recitation of the Qur’aan it doesn’t affect you that when you hear it, it is just same like you are hearing people talking.
3. Carelessness during acts of worship
This is when people do not reflect anymore upon the meaning of what they are saying, that whenever they are reciting suers from the Qur’aan in their prayers their minds are also wandering.
That reading a specific hadith or ayah from the Qur’aan is just ilke reading from the newspaper, it doesn’t really affect them nor do they reflect from what they are reading.
4. Laziness about performing acts of obedience and worship, or neglecting them altogether
These are people who perform salaah with empty movements, no remembrance of Allaah, nor do they sincerely do what they do in their salaah. They are those people who do not feel any guilt upon sleeping or missing an obligatory prayer and that the sunnah acts are nothing to them, the affect of it is same to them whether they do it or not.
5. Depression, moodiness and reclusiveness
They are those individuals who keeps on thinking and thinking and let depression enter their hearts, they feel like they are burdened so much with things that with little complaining or misbehavior of someone they are easily irritated, people who have lost both their tolerance with other people and their patience in handling situations.
 Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Allaihi Wassalaam said:
"Faith is patience and tolerance."
6. Indifference to the verses of the Qur’aan
They are people that are not affected by the words of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, they do not care whether what they are doing is wrong or unlawful. When they hear the Qur’aan they become irritated or bored that they are unable to continue hearing them, they turn it off or they flee away from it.
7. Heedlessness concerning Allaah Azza Wa Jall, and failure to remember Him and supplicate to Him
These are people who find asking Allaah Azza Wa Jall very hard, that to be able to supplicate or call upon Him needs a lot of time and effort from their sides. These are people wherein the remembrance of Allaah Azza Wa Jall becomes such a burden to them.
8. Complacency when Allaah’s Azza Wa Jall prohibitions are violated
They are those people who no longer enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, they no longer deplore evil.
 Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam once said:
"Hearts will be exposed to trials like straws in a mat one by one, so any heart that absorbs it is spotted with a black spot…(until it becomes as our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam informed us at the end of the hadith)… black and speckled like a clay mug that has tipped over, neither recognizing right nor deploring wrong except what suits its own desire."
9. Love of prominence
a. Desire for a position of leadership
These are people who long for a position, a high status, without any consideration to its responsibility and significance.
 Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam once said:
"Indeed, you will covet leadership, and it will be a regret [for you] on the Day of resurrection. The first of it is [seemingly] good, and the last of it is evil."
b. Dominance in gatherings, forcing others to listen to him
These are people who wants to be heard and listened to, that their decisions be made law and commands.
c. Desire for others to give respect to him by standing up when he enters
They are those people that desires others to pay them respect when they enter such halls of discussions, that people at seat should rise so they are shown great respect.
10. Stinginess and miserliness
These are people who somehow are very attached to their wealth, that spending for the cause of Allaah Azza Wa Jall is hard for them, if they would give it is half meant.
 Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
"Beware of stinginess, for those before you were destroyed by stinginess. It ordered them to withhold, so they withheld; it ordered them to cut off relations, so they cut them off and it inclined them towards immorality, so they became immoral."
11. Preaching [claiming or ordering] what they do not practice
This is hypocrisy. They are those people whose speech is contrary to their deeds, they do not practice what they preach and they are blameworthy to the sight of Allaah Azza Wa Jall and disliked by others.
Allaah Azza Wa Jall said:
"O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Great is hatred in the sight of Allaah that you say what you do not do." [61:2-3]
12. Feeling pleased at the affliction of their Muslim brothers or sisters, whether it concerns a failure, a loss, disaster or cessation of a blessing
These are people who find pleasure on the failure of others and that seeing them in such condition makes them happy that they are in a better condition than they are or they are ecstatic that others are in such a state of hardship.
13. Judging matters merely on the basis of whether or not they are actually prohibited and not caring if they are disliked
They are those individual who just care if their act is haram or halal they do not care if it is disliked or not recommended, as long as they are not completely haram then they do it without hesitation, and they are among those people who would always say… yeah, it’s makrooh but its not haram…so its okay
14. Considering good deeds to be insignificant, and showing no concern for smaller ones
Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
"Do not perceive any good deed as insignificant-even pouring from your bucket into the container of one seeking water, and speaking to your broth with a pleasant face."
These are people who see good deeds are not so important and those minute deeds are nothing, so they do not do it.
15. Indifference to the problems of Muslims
These are people who are not moved by supplications or do they do any kind of help for their siblings in faith. They are so cold and as if strangers to these people. They do not feel sympathy nor concern about their siblings in faith that are going through such massacres and hungers in the other parts of the world.
 Our beloved Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
"The believer among the people of faith is like a head to the body. The believer feels pain for the people of faith, just as the body feels pain from what is in the heart.
16. Loosening of the ties of brotherhood and sisterhood
These are people who are disobedient to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, that their disobedience already affects and undo the ties of brotherhood and sisterhood. People who once their Muslim brother or sister reminds them of Allaah Azza Wa Jall they form such hatred towards these people.
17. Lack of motivation to work for the religion, not striving to spread it or serve it
They are these individuals who do not make effort on even talking about the deen to their friends may it be online or in real life, they do not have the will to attend halaqa sessions or islamic gatherings or islamic lectures, they do not want to go out and talk to people and make them understand Islaam, when they know they can and they know they can do something about it, but they choose not to do so.
18. Panic and fear at the time of an affliction or problem
When a person has a weak faith when such calamities comes upon them, they just shatter and think of even ending their lives. These are the individuals who lose hope easily and quite easily.
19. An abundance of arguments and disputes, which hardens the heart
These are the people in which they want to argue and argue about something so that in the end they are the triumphant ones, these are the people who just argue without any proofs that they only intend to argue so that their opponent be smashed down and be put in shame.
20. Attachment to and love of the world, and feelings ease therein
These are people who by the mere thought that soon they will leave the world saddens them, they are those people whose hearts are too attached to the world, that they only find pleasure in the luxuries of this world.
21. Complete rationalization of speech and behavior, and loss of any impression of belief
These are people who find it so hard to recite or say words from the Qur’aan that you hardly find them doing actions in reference to the Qur’aan, Sunnah and the beliefs in Islaam.
22. Exaggerated self-interest
These are people who love to dress up to impress people so much that they go out and travel to find the finest and most luxurious items and buy them for themselves, or people who would go and sit in a restaurant pay excessive attention to the food and drinks they are about to have when they know those money they use can actually be given to the needy and they have this knowledge within them.
Subhan’Allaah we all know for a moment, one of these symptoms had been experienced by ownselves. To be able to truly repent we have to accept the reality, even if its the most sad and cruel reality.
These are notes from our halaqa session last 2 weeks ago, and I am writing this in a capsulized and summarized form. If you need more details please let me know.
And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall continues to guide us to the right path and enlighten our hearts through seeking forgiveness through our salaah.
Da’eef ul Eeman
Weakness of Faith
by Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
 Abu Dawud
 Muslim | Ahmad
 Ahmad | As-Suyuti
I don’t know, but I’m so weak.
Why do you say such thing my dear?
Is it because you failed an exam? Is it because you can’t compete with the others? Or is it because you are heart broken for the loss of someone dear to you?
My dear brother and sister, not because there is a tear falling from your eyes you can consider yourself weak already.
Crying isn’t a sign of weakness, actually people who Allaah Azza Wa Jall have soften their hearts, they are easily touched and moved to the extent that tears fall from their eyes.
Crying is a form of relief and mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, please do not mistaken it to some sign or act of weakness. It is a form of act that needs no explanation.
When we are hurt, broken and all these things what do we usually do? Cry? Overthink? and then what? Some don’t even move on, they stay still.
If you are in a phase wherein you have lost someone, a father a mother or a close friend or even your boyfriend or someone, then remember the pain that the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum went through when our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam who was loved by them more than their own parents died.
Great men such as Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu was in chaos, like a madman with his sword threatening anyone who dared tell him Muhammad Sallalalhu Alaihi Wassalaam died, a man praised by Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for his modesty and love for Islam, ‘Uthmaan Ibn Al Affaan Radiyallahu Anhu who stayed still, immovable that others thought he has lost his voice on that very day, or the warrior that was Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu who at that time was in so much shock that he remained like that for two days, does your pain even come to this level of pain they have?
But what made them survive such tragedy? What made them move on?
Yes, it was because they had Allaah Azza Wa Jall. They CHOSE to recognize that the One dwelling in their hearts is the One who is the Most Powerful!
And look how Allaah Azza Wa Jall comforted them, they became men whom lead the Mu’mineen! Great men who fought for the sake of Allaah Azza Wa Jall. How can someone fight and lead the way they did if it was not for Allaah Azza Wa Jall?
You’ve lost someone yet you’re still here breathing through the mercy of Allaah Azza Wa Jall.
What hardens the heart is when you try not to recognize who really dwells in your heart, it is also when you try to put or attach someone else in His place. Astagfirullaah.
You are strong in many ways, because Allaah Azza Wa Jall never puts you in a situation that you cannot handle, when you are there know that you will be guided by Him just have the faith, that’s what He wants, Allaah Azza Wa Jall loves it when we call upon Him.
Realize that Allaah Azza Wa Jall gifted you with such a strong weapon, your heart, He gifted something that will constantly remind you of His Mercy that He never left you nor will He ever do.
Rememeber, the heart doesn’t beat tic toc or bla bla it says Rubb Rubb.
and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall forgive us our sins for all the time that we forgot or intended to replace Him in our hearts.